Pacsun1 ThumbWith nearly 1,000 retail locations, one strong and interactive e-commerce site, and annual revenues of more than $1 billion, PacSun is clearly a force to be reckoned with as an apparel and accessories retailer. What’s shocking is that the company started as a small surf shop in Newport Beach in 1980 and is now one of the top names in the teen fashion world.

Firstdata1 ThumbFirst Data is a leading provider in electronic payment processing, with more than 26,000 employees worldwide and a client base of more than 5.3 million brick and mortar merchants. In addition, the company supports more than 600,000 online merchants, streamlining payment capabilities from the point of sale all the way through processing and product acquisition. 

Junonia1 ThumbWhen Anne Kelly returned from going to school in London in the early ’90s, she noticed a couple of trends: the plus-sized female demographic had increased, and more people were beginning to understand the importance of activity at every size. She also noticed there was no clothing to support either of these trends, so she started researching the apparel industry. 

2checkout2 ThumbAlan Homewood started 2Checkout.com in his house in 1999. In 2001, he added his first employee, and by the end of that year, he and his staff of five moved into their first office. By the end of 2002, they were in their second office, and by 2003, the company had expanded across the entire building. 

Mars1 ThumbMars Retail Group (MRG) recently underwent a significant transformation. Three years ago, the Nevada-based organization became responsible for managing the licensing division of Mars, Inc., a privately held company that generates more than $30 billion in annual revenue and employs roughly 70,000 individuals.

Cosentino1 ThumbValue isn’t a one-way street heading straight to cost savings, especially in the grocery industry. Value also includes customer service, quality, and freshness. These are the tenets upon which Cosentino’s Food Stores was developed 61 years ago when Dante Cosentino bought a local market. A famous ecclesiastical Kansas City artist, Dante’s skill set was in painting, but his expertise was in taking care of people, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Workngear2 ThumbWhen a retail company switches ownership, there’s an array of situations that might occur. In terms of both internal operations and what the customers see, it’s possible that little may change. But this isn’t always the case, and it wasn’t for Work ’n Gear.

Kettle3 ThumbThis all-natural food maker is going the extra mile in health and wellness by offering its own brand of gluten-free soups. For years, Jerry Shafir made gluten-free soups for his daughter, who suffers from celiac disease. Shafir, the president of Boston-based soup maker Kettle Cuisine, didn’t give much thought to the specialty soups until his daughter, now away at college, called.

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